Promising Run  Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Promising Run
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

There was a second success on the evening for British trained runners, as Promising Run won the Group 3 Istanbul Trophy at Veliefendi in Turkey.

Five fillies went to post for this valuable race with Hard Baby on the outside, rushed into the early lead from the British trained Promising Run and Tatvan Incisi and Willpower.

Hard Baby kicked approaching the home turn but the move wasn’t decisive, with Tatvan Incisi on the inside taking up the running from Promising Run.

Inside the final furlong though, the action switched to the outside, with Promising Run and Mickel Barzalona hitting the front but under strong pressure from Willpower racing wider still.

The pair settled down for a thrilling battle in the final furlong, where Willpower appeared to hang across Promising Run, forcing her across the track and to the inside rail.

However, the Saeed bin Suroor filly stuck gamely to her task and with the inside rail to help, she fought on to beat Willpower, with Tatvan Incisi third.

Promising Run, a daughter of Hard Spun, had won the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket last autumn, but was winning for the first time this year, following a campaign which saw her chasing shadows against Polar River in Meydan in the winter, before disappointing efforts in the Musidora Stakes behind So Mi Dar and the Group 1 Coronation Stakes behind Qemah.

Her victory was further evidence that the bin Suroor stable is getting back to form.